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  • I though the aim of the test using calculators was to show that children were capable of using these valuable tools rather than allowing them to sit a maths test relying on calculators. Using calculators properly takes learning in the same way as anyother skill. Maybe the tests have changed . If she wants to pick up maths skills she should look at the way the national curriculum forces teachers to teach kids clumsy and unnecessary means of calculation in long multiplication and division for instance ( in the name of understanding concepts but pretty confusing and unhelpful) and whether the National Curriculum and SATS tests , which after all were influenced by the USA model, are too much run before they can walk. A look at why even pretty unacademic 80 year olds have a firm grasp on arithmetic might answer a few questions.

    Daisy Roots

    Friday, November 09, 2012

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